Start a Capsule Wardrobe

Edited by Inukshuk

Start a Capsule Wardobe 92805.jpg

Intrigued to lower the amount of money you spend on fashion? Want to make getting ready for work, school, and just life quicker? Then you should start a capsule wardrobe. It's an easy clothing technique to hone in on your style and give you a list a staple clothing items to switch between every day.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

The goal is to guarantee that you'll always have something to wear, that your clothing will always make you happy, and you won't feel the impulses to unnecessarily shop because your clothes will be tailored perfectly.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

The Principles

Start a Capsule Wardobe 85909.jpg

The principles of a capsule wardrobe are a set amount of clothing, typically under 40 items, that you cycle between every day. During a season you do not buy anything new to go with that season, you can only buy new items when you are editing your capsule wardrobe for the weather and styles of the next season.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

These 40 items include tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and outerwear/jackets. Some people include purses and accessories into their capsule, but not everyone does. It's up to you. Underwear, fitness clothes, and pajamas don't count as part of your capsule.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

These 40 pieces will challenge you to think creatively about how to accessorize, what combinations to wear, etc. It helps you get ready quicker, stay organized in your fashion choices, and help you enjoy your clothing more.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Start a Capsule Wardobe 14505.jpg

If you buy one item, you have to put another item into storage for a different season or donate it, so your wardrobe does not grow season to season.

Remember, it's all customized based on your needs. You don't have to follow these rules to the tee.

An example capsule wardrobe from un-fancy:

Spring capsule 2015.jpg

How to Get Started

Start a Capsule Wardobe 96362.jpg
  1. 1
    Start by taking everything out of your closet and then slowly go through and create piles.
    Create piles for items you can only wear in certain seasons, items you love for sentimental value, items that don't fit or look to worn out, and anything else that you think would be helpful.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Do the same thing with your shoes and any other accessories.
    Shoes count in your capsule wardrobe, your accessories don't but if you are in the mind of organization - it's good to go through these items and see what items are still making you happy.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Looking at these piles, put back into the closet items you think you'll wear this season.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Put in storage bins items you only wear in specific seasons and don't need now.
    You may also want to include any formal wear that you'll only wear once or twice a year into the storage section.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Look at what you put back in your closet.
    What is missing from these items? Do you have some of the traditional wardrobe staples like a good pair of skinny jeans, a button down shirt, booties, a chunky sweater? While these may be staples for some, they aren't necessary for everyone, so make sure not to buy things you think you should have but don't actually need. The point of a capsule wardrobe is to define your style and stick to it so look for gaps of items that would make your wardrobe feel perfect for you.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Now that you know what you are missing, go shopping!
    It's best to go with a list and to really research the items you are shopping for. You don't want to buy something that is only going to last for one season, you should invest in items you can wear comfortably for years. The goal is to be more minimal and intentional with your wardrobe, so you should try not to impulse shop when planning for the next season.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Time to have some fun!
    Every day take pride in picking an outfit combination that makes you happy and makes you look great.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    At the end of the season, see what worked and what didn't and then take that knowledge into the next season.
    You basically start again at the end of every season, seeing what you should put in storage, what you should take out of storage, and deciding if you need to buy anything.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

FAQ

Does it have to be 40 items? No. It can be 37, 52, whatever magic number works best for you.

Do you have to buy a new wardrobe of 40 items each season? No! That would be so expensive. The aim is to minimize spending and make your clothing intentional. I recommend looking through your storage items every season, rolling over a few items from your current wardrobe, and adding maybe one or two new items that you know you'll love for years.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

What about fitness clothing? They do not count in your capsule wardrobe, you can keep them separate. Alternatively, if you impulse shop fitness clothing you can create a separate capsule just for fitness.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Start a Capsule Wardobe 51733.jpg

Do work clothes count in your capsule? Yes and no, it's up to you. You can create a second capsule just for your work clothes or if you only work part-time or work in a casual environment, you can add your work clothes to your regular capsule.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Another example capsule wardrobe from un-fancy:

Winteroutfits.jpg

Photo credits

All photos in this how to are from un-fancy, a great resource for those who want to start a capsule wardrobe.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Inukshuk
Featured Author
6 Articles Started
2,094 Article Edits
60,090 Points
Inukshuk is a featured author with VisiHow. Inukshuk has achieved the level of "Major" with 60,090 points. Inukshuk has started 6 articles (including this one) and has also made 2,094 article edits. 28,100 people have read Inukshuk's article contributions.
Inukshuk's Message Board
Inukshuk: Hi, my name is Inukshuk.
Inukshuk: Can I help you with your problem about "Start a Capsule Wardobe"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Fashion

Share this Article:

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No